Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

There are plenty of kitchen backsplash ideas to choose from today if you want to add a little pizzaz as a part of your kitchen remodeling projects.

Although many people don’t give a lot of thought to the backsplash, it’s actually a very important part of the kitchen. In fact, it may be the first thing your guests see when they come in there.

To help you find the best option for your kitchen, here are a few ideas for something other than a standard 4″ tile backsplashyou may want to consider.

First, you need to realize that the backsplash in a kitchen goes beyond practicality these days. At one point it time, it was designed for a specific function; keeping the walls behind the stove in a kitchen from damage when cooking. Backsplashes also make this area easier for you to clean up those splatters and splashes that occur. However, today you’ll find that the backsplash is actually an important design element within the kitchen. You can get a bit creative and make a big statement with the backsplash, pulling the rest of your kitchen décor together.

If you’re looking for kitchen backsplash ideas, you’ll find that there are many materials that can be used. Of course, each material has pros and cons. Here are just a few materials to consider:

• Tile – Tile is one of the most beautiful ideas for a backslash because you can choose from so many different styles and materials, depending on the effect you want to portray. There are marble, faux marble, ceramic, natural stone, and glass tiles for you to choose. The benefit of tile is that it’s easy to clean and easy to install on your own.

• Stainless Steel – For a modern look, you’ll find stainless steel makes a great backsplash choice. It will compliment a kitchen that has stainless steel appliances. This material is easy to clean and durable, but it can be scratched. Chemicals and acidic foods can stain or ruin the finish if you don’t get them off quickly. The expense may be prohibitive as well if you are on a tight budget.

• Wallpaper – A cheap and easy idea is wallpaper (no kidding), which is simple to install and you can find it in many different patterns. Although you can find the perfect look for your kitchen with wallpaper, it can be tough to clean and may begin to peel because of the humidity. Vinyl or a tough coated paper is best. Ask someone in the kitchen department of a big box or your local hardware store. Or search “wallpaper backsplash.”

• Other Ideas – There are other kitchen backsplashideas to consider as well. Mirrored tiles (right) are easy to clean and make the kitchen look bigger when used for a backsplash. Cork is a great idea, although it’s tough to clean as well. Other options include magnetic whiteboard, wainscoting, and chalkboard paint.

• A Walk on the Wild Side – For those who enjoy thinking outside the box, one of the fun kitchen backsplash ideas is to combine several of the materials (tile, glass, 8″, 12″, etc.) together for a unique creation! You don’t have to simply settle for only one material, but you do need to make sure that you combine materials that will work well together and add to the overall décor of your kitchen.

One idea is to combine glass tiles with slate or ceramic tiles for a rustic look. Rustic metal tiles look nice with tumbled marble or slate too. For a more contemporary look, consider combining polished marble or contemporary ceramic tile with iridescent glass. Another fun idea is to not only combine materials, but colors as well. Just make sure the colors you use are colors pulled from the rest of your kitchen décor.

Sure, a backsplash is practical and functional in your kitchen, but it also is an important design element that can highlight the design in your kitchen. Use these kitchen backsplash ideas to come up with a personal design for your own backsplash.

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